HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing an Idaho company's proposal to build a $93 million facility that would produce fluorine gas used in medical equipment and solar panels.
International Isotopes, Inc., would build the nuclear byproduct de-conversion facility on a 640-acre site 14 miles west of Hobbs.
The plant would produce fluorine gas from uranium tails created during nuclear enrichment.
NRC licensing project manager Matt Bartlett says the Idaho Falls-based company's application was filed with the NRC Dec. 30. The proposal will go through several reviews that will take more than two years to complete.